First Word: The Lego Batman Movie was directed by Chris McKay who is also known for directing Robot Chicken. He also contributed to the original Lego Movie as an editor. The Lego Batman Movie is chocked full of comedians like Will Arnett (Batman), Michael Cera (Robin), Zach Galifianakis (Joker), Conan O’Brien (The Riddler) and many other well known stars. With an 80 million dollar budget, The Lego Batman Movie managed to gain 53 million during its opening weekend (it was going up against John Wick: Chapter 2 and Fifty Shades Darker). In the end, this spoof hero film raked in 175 million at the domestic box office.
Synopsis: The Lego Batman Movie is clearly a film for children but there are plenty of jokes throughout for the adults in the room. If you are a Batman fan, you will especially enjoy the funny jabs and quips to previous Batman iterations. The Lego Batman Movie, like many Batman movies, focuses on the relationship between Batman and his arch nemesis the Joker. In a playful manner, the film examines how lonely and doleful Bruce Wayne/Batman’s life really is. In a climatic first scene, Batman swears to the Joker that he doesn’t need anyone, not even an iconic villain like the Joker. In turn, the Joker decides to surrender himself and all the villains of Gotham City in order to show Batman that he is nothing when there is no villain or criminal to fight. Filled with hilarious one liners, Batman shuns the idea of working with anyone yet he ends up accidently adopting Dick Grayson/Robin. With Robin, his butler Alfred, and Barbara Gordon in his life, Batman will realize that you can’t do everything just because you’re the Batman. 8/10
Animation: There’s honestly not much to say about this category. I thought the animation was great and I appreciate the imagination that the creators brought to life through this film. 8/10
Characterization: Although this is a fun, whimsical film with plenty of laughs, the potential to have thought provoking characters was there. However, The Lego Batman Movie falls back on its jokes whenever it begins to present an intriguing character relationship. The film attempts to have a laugh every other minute which in turns leads to the absence of serious character arcs. Most of the characters (Alfred, Robin, Barbara Gordon etc) are static throughout the film. Batman eventually changes his view on teamwork by the end of the movie. Obviously this is meant to be a family comedy, but I believe there could have been a little more thought given to the characters. 7/10
Conclusion: The Lego Batman Movie is overall a fun and enjoyable movie to watch with the whole family. It has laughs for kids as well as for adults. I would definitely watch this movie again to catch all the Easter Eggs and funny allusions the film makes to previous Batman films and to the superhero genre in general. With hilarious voice actors, sharp animation, and a decent plot The Lego Batman Movie is worth the watch.
Final Score: 7.7/10